Best Stock Trading Apps In The UK 2024

Author - James Barra
James Barra
James is a UK-based writer and investor with consultancy experience at some of Britain's largest financial organisations. James authors, edits and fact-checks content for a row of investing websites.
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Apr 2, 2024

The best stock trading apps in the UK offer a superb mobile investing experience with access to shares from the London Stock Exchange. The top applications are also regulated in the UK and provide terrific stock screeners and research tools.

We’ve evaluated the 50 largest UK stock trading apps from the App Store and Google Play based on these criteria, drawing on our direct testing experiences and feedback from other mobile traders, to identify the top 5 for British investors.

List Of Best Stock Trading Apps In The UK 2024

These 5 apps continue to stand out as the best for trading stocks in the UK:

  1. XTB: Commission-free UK stocks. Seamless mobile navigation. 4.9% interest on GBP balances.
  2. IG Index: Best-in-class education. Comprehensive research. FCA-regulated and highly trusted.
  3. Interactive Brokers: Professional-grade tools. £3 commission on UK shares. Fast and stable.
  4. Freetrade: Beginner-friendly design. Tailored portfolio insights. Fractional shares from £2.
  5. Spreadex: Incredibly intuitive. Built for short-term traders. Quick support, under 5-min wait.

Comparison Of Top 5 UK Stock Trading Apps

Top 5 UK Stock Trading Apps Comparison
XTB IG IBKR Freetrade Spreadex
UK Stocks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FCA Regulated Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GBP Account Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Design & Usability 4.5/5 4.3/5 4.2/5 4.7/5 4.1/5
Stock Screeners & Research 4.6/5 4.7/5 4.5/5 4.2/5 4.1/5
Average App Store Rating 4.4/5 4.3/5 4.4/5 4.3/5 4.5/5
Minimum Deposit £0 £0 £0 £0 £0


iOS Rating: 4.7 / 5

Android Rating: 4.1 / 5

Why We Picked It

XTB is our favourite stock trading app in the UK after delivering in all areas. It caters to short- and long-term traders in a way that’s largely unmatched, featuring 3,000 stocks from 16 exchanges, including 249 UK shares, and an array of trading vehicles, most recently ‘Investment Plans’.

XTB has also evidently focused on improving its app over the past few years. It now features an impressively user-friendly design that we love, in addition to top-tier resources designed to uncover stock market opportunities. This includes organising equities into helpful categories such as ‘Dividend Kings,’ ‘Meme Stocks,’ and ‘Bargains,’ among others.

Like a growing number of stock trading apps, XTB offers commission-free trading on stocks (up to €100K monthly volumes) with a £10 minimum investment, keeping pricing simple for aspiring traders.

Stocks, charts and education on XTB UK app

XTB Stock Trading App


  • The XTB app stands out with its stock trading offering that caters to investors of all strategies, budgets and experience levels with short-term stock CFDs, long-term ‘Investment Plans’ featuring 300+ ETFs and auto-dividend reinvesting (2024 addition, under ‘Save’ tab), and fractional shares for beginners (UK, US, EU shares with a £10 minimum).
  • XTB’s research tools offer first-rate market insights, notably through Morningstar Ratings, the News tab, daily stock movers, plus market sentiment data on the FTSE, providing all the tools needed to discover investment opportunities from your palm.
  • XTB is one of the few stock trading apps in the UK to pay interest up to 4.9% on unused balances of 30K+, with lower balance requirements than rivals like eToro with 5% on 50K+, allowing you to earn while identifying opportunities in the stock market.


  • Although XTB is one of the most trusted stock brokers in the UK with FCA authorisation, a listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, and over 20 years in the industry, its app lacks two-factor authentication – a key security measure available in the Interactive Brokers app.
  • XTB still has work to do carrying over all the desktop features to its app, notably in the risk management department with no trailing stop loss and issues using take profit and stop loss orders during testing – features that all worked smoothly at Spreadex.
  • XTB’s price alerts are useful for tracking opportunities in the UK stock market, but you can only view them on individual stock tabs, whereas IG offers a more seamless user experience with a single view in the app where you can see triggered vs untriggered alerts.

IG Index

iOS Rating: 4.6 / 5

Android Rating: 4 / 5

Why We Picked It

IG offers a superb trading app with 13,000+ stocks, including UK shares, flexible risk management tools, plus an excellent array of educational tools. You can also open a GBP trading account in minutes directly through the app, making for a seamless entry into share dealing, and helping it earn ‘Runner-Up’ position in our 2024 rankings.

Additionally, IG is one of the most trusted brands among British traders, with authorisation from the FCA plus 6 other tier-one regulators, an excellent reputation stretching over 50 years, plus a listing on the London Stock Exchange, highlighting its financial transparency. Our UK investors have also traded stocks on the IG app with real money and have not experienced any withdrawal problems.

Trading the UK FTSE on IG's mobile app

IG Stock Trading App


  • IG offers a comprehensive mobile stock trading experience with ideas from the Signal Centre, Autochartist and PIA First, plus a ‘News’ tab from Reuters. The ‘Price Alerts’ are particularly good – I used them on Barclays PLC (LON:BARC) and it showed me the trigger time and date, the current price on alerts that had been activated, plus the set time on those that hadn’t.
  • IG’s educational tools for aspiring stock traders are best-in-class. It’s one of the few firms to offer a dedicated app, IG Academy, with live sessions and courses featuring interactive quiz elements, covering essential topics for stock investors, notably ‘Fundamental Analysis’ plus ‘Planning and Risk Management’.
  • The IG app offers guaranteed stops, a useful risk management tool that’s only charged when used, unlike firms such as CMC Markets that charge for setting one up. I used this on Ocado (LON:OCDO) shares during a period of significant volatility and it worked effectively, helping me manage risk.


  • While the IG app is fairly easy to use, it could do with a facelift, especially compared to XTB which has clearly invested in the look and feel. The resources also feel scattered with a lot of flicking back and forth between various tabs. For example, Signal Centre and Price Alerts can be found in the ‘Accounts’ tab, while the ‘Markets’ and ‘Trade’ tabs feature other tools.
  • Despite zero commissions on US stocks and a £3 commission on UK shares, IG trails the cheapest stock trading apps, notably Interactive Brokers. Casual investors should also beware that a £12 monthly inactivity fee applies after two years if you stop using the app.
  • While IG offers an array of vehicles to speculate on stocks, including share dealing, spread betting, smart portfolios, CFDs, ETFs, ISAs and SIPPs, beginners may feel overwhelmed by the various accounts and products. Freetrade manages to offer many of the same products in an easier-to-digest account structure for newer traders.

Interactive Brokers

iOS Rating: 4.3 / 5

Android Rating: 4.5 / 5

Why We Picked It

Interactive Brokers (IBKR) continually ranks as one of the best stock brokers in the UK, so it’s no surprise to see their mobile platform, which has been downloaded over 1 million times, has secured a podium finish in our top stock trading app rankings for 2024.

We’ve found that Interactive Brokers’ computer software, including the recently improved IBKR Desktop, can be lacklustre in its prioritisation of feature-rich technology over usability, however this is where its mobile app is a winner. The developers have clearly been forced to think about designing an intuitive mobile platform and it shows – it’s well-presented and easy to get to grips with, making for an enjoyable stock trading experience from both Apple and Android devices.

Trading UK stocks on IBKR app

IBKR Stock Trading App


  • The Interactive Brokers mobile app is a breeze to use, allowing quick access to deposits (click ‘Account’ then ‘Banking’), plus watchlists, portfolio management, and stock trading via the bottom menu bar. Additionally, it’s one of the few stock trading apps easily downloadable via a QR code from the broker’s website.
  • Despite not adopting the increasingly popular ‘free’ trading model, Interactive Brokers is one of the lowest-cost stock trading apps in the UK with a £3 commission for Western European shares and no additional spreads. But where it shines is value – you get many of its professional-grade platforms and research tools, which can’t be found at competitors, at no additional charge.
  • The IBKR app packs a punch for advanced short-term traders with an excellent charting package for technical analysis, comprising 70+ indicators. As a comparison, just 5 indicators are available on the VT Markets app. The Interactive Brokers app is also fast and stable, with no lagging during testing despite opening upwards of 30 stock tickers.


  • IBKR’s desktop platforms deliver market-leading research tools spanning 90+ stock markets, including the UK, with features like Fundamentals Explorer that offers data on 30K+ companies and 5.5K+ analyst ratings from TipRanks. However, the app lacks many of these tools, offering mainly IB Daily Briefings, creating a less complete mobile trading experience.
  • The in-app support still needs work. Although the iBot service provides basic account information and FAQs, it doesn’t connect you to live agents, meaning I had to return to the desktop website for assistance on queries about UK stock trading fees for example, a notable drawback compared to Freetrade’s superb support offering.
  • Despite 90+ ETFs, including many with UK equities, the search function in the app is frustrating – if you don’t know the exact name and spelling it often draws a blank. Also there are apps, notably XTB, that serve you a tailored investment strategy on a plate – and IBKR just isn’t one of them, reducing its appeal to newer investors.


iOS Rating: 4.3 / 5

Android Rating: 4.3 / 5

Why We Picked It

For traders who want to do their own research into the stock market and build diverse portfolios from 6,000 US, UK and European shares, Freetrade is top of the range. Their monthly fee structure means that enhanced plans and tips cost extra, but in exchange, you’re getting zero commissions. Plus, with SIPP and ISA accounts, Freetrade offers tax-efficient vehicles for British traders.

With an average rating of 4.3 across the App Store and Google Play, plus over 1 million downloads, Freetrade is gathering a cult following for those looking for a user-friendly mobile platform to buy and sell popular equities like BAE Systems, Unilever and Anglo American.

Freetrade app showing UK stocks and FTSE

Freetrade – Stock Trading App


  • The Freetrade app is super intuitive and easy to use. Even rookie stock investors will get the hang of this one in a flash. Plus, the design is incredibly slick. Think rounded edges, funky fonts and high-quality icons and imagery. Getting started is also a breeze – it took me less than 10 minutes to download the app, sign up and start trading stocks.
  • Once you start investing, Freetrade feeds you with helpful ‘Insights’ about your portfolio. The aim is to encourage sensible stock trading by displaying which sectors you’re invested in to see if you over or under-indexed in any areas – a helpful feature for newer traders especially.
  • Freetrade offers fractional shares on US shares from £2, allowing budget investors to buy a portion of big names like Tesla and Microsoft, a feature not available on many rival apps in the UK, including Saxo and Interactive Investor.


  • The Freetrade app falls short when it comes to research tools, tips or stock recommendations. Whilst the ‘Discover’ tab breaks down stocks into industries, leading alternatives like XTB offer tailored investment strategies based on your risk appetite, or expert-curated lists to help amateurs get in the investment game.
  • Freetrade is best suited to longer-term investors looking for share dealing and ISAs, lacking margin trading products like stock CFDs that short-term traders may prefer, and which are available on applications like IG. The in-app charting tools are also incredibly basic, trailing mobile platforms like Interactive Brokers in terms of chart types, timeframes and indicators.
  • Although Freetrade offers a ‘Basic’ plan with no minimum, it offers fewer stocks (around 4,700), no advanced stock fundamentals and a 0.99% conversion fee (double that of IG), providing a limiting stock trading environment. You need a Standard (£5.99/month) or Plus (£11.99/month) plan to start rivalling the best stock trading apps in terms of market coverage, tools and pricing.


iOS Rating: 4.5 / 5

Android Rating: 4.5 / 5

Why We Picked It

Spreadex is one of the easiest stock trading apps out there to navigate and is a real winner for simplicity. It offers thousands of stocks from more than 15 countries, including the UK, small-cap stocks with a market cap of £5M+, plus out-of-hours trading on UK, US and German equities.

Spreadex is a fairly new-to-market app (originally released in 2020), which is sometimes obvious, for example, its design is not as modern and slick as competitors like XTB and Interactive Brokers. Despite this, traders from the Google and Apple app stores have given it an average of 4.5/5 – and we love it too, awarding it the final spot in our UK stock trading apps toplist.

Using the Spreadex app to trade UK stocks and the FTSE

Spreadex – Stock Trading App


  • The Spreadex app is incredibly intuitive. Straight away I felt comfortable navigating the suite of stocks, charting features and curated ‘Watchlists’. If you’ve ever used a stock trading app before, you’ll pick this up in seconds. And if you’re a true beginner, you’ll find it easy to learn.
  • The Spreadex app delivers for short-term traders with a great charting package, featuring 4 chart types, 29 indicators, 11 tools for drawing and annotations, plus the ability to save templates, ticking all our boxes and outgunning the basic tools on the Freetrade app.
  • Spreadex offers fast and dependable support directly via the app, ensuring newer stock traders have access to urgent support if needed. During tests, I got through to agents using the in-app chat in less than 5 minutes and staff could assist with questions about UK stocks, trading fees, and withdrawals.


  • Whilst the Spreadex app is easy to navigate, something about the harsh boxed edges and basic fonts gives it a cheap feel. I’d like to see more investment in the look/feel. The research tools are also pretty basic. There is no news feed or economic calendar, and there are no stock screeners accessible directly through the app – you’re taken to an external web page, resulting in a less complete mobile trading experience.
  • Spreadex excels for short-term stock trading with spread betting (free from Capital Gains and Stamp Duty in the UK) and leveraged CFDs, however, it’s less suitable for longer-term investors with no ISAs or SIPPs. These are available at leading alternatives IG and Freetrade, which cater to a wider range of strategies.
  • Despite authorisation from the FCA and improvements to its app in recent years, Spreadex lacks the clout of the most trusted stock trading platforms in the UK. It’s only been downloaded around 10K times from the Google Play Store and doesn’t boast the long row of licenses, awards and industry standing of stock trading platforms like XTB and IG.

How Did We Choose The Best Stock Trading Apps In The UK?

We evaluated 50 of the UK’s most popular stock trading apps, combining our firsthand experiences with ratings from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. This process led us to identify key benchmarks that our top 5 apps needed to meet:

Infographic showing stock trading app testing approach

FCA Regulated

They had to be regulated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), ensuring a high level of trust and critical safeguards for British investors, notably up to £85,000 through the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) and limits on leverage (up to 1:5 on UK stocks) to protect against large losses.


We ran each firm’s company name and/or license number through the FCA’s Financial Services Register to check they are authorised to provide stock trading services in the UK.

  • XTB Limited (FRN: 522157)
  • IG Markets Ltd (FRN: 195355)
  • Interactive Brokers UK (FRN: 208159)
  • Freetrade Limited (FRN: 783189)
  • Spreadex Limited (FRN: 190941)
FCA register showing XTB is authorised in the UK

XTB Limited – FCA License

UK Stocks and Shares

They had to provide trading in shares listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), either through direct share dealing, contracts for difference (CFDs) or spread betting, providing British investors the opportunity to speculate on UK equities.


We logged into each app to confirm UK stocks were available to trade.

For example, XTB advertises 3,000 shares from 16 exchanges, and we were able to filter to UK shares in the app, of which there were 249.

In contrast, Robinhood began offering stock trading to UK investors in early 2024, however it only offers US Stocks, so it did not make our toplist.

List of UK stocks in the XTB trading app

XTB App – UK Stocks

In-App GBP Deposits

They had to provide a GBP trading account with in-app funding, ensuring convenient deposits and withdrawals while minimising conversion fees.


We checked the account options available in each app to confirm whether a GBP-based account was offered.

We also navigated to the cashier portal to check you can fund stock trading accounts using a convenient payment method, such as Apple Pay or Google Pay.

Making a deposit in XTB stock trading app

XTB App – Deposits

Design and Usability

They had to score at least 4/5 for design and usability based on our firsthand experiences, ensuring a comprehensive and enjoyable mobile trading experience.


We tested 50 stock trading apps, assessing how intuitive the user experience was, how modern the design was, and how much stock trading could be completed solely on the app.

For example, Freetrade scored 4.7/5 because we loved the look and feel of its app with a slick design and full trading functionalities from your palm.

In contrast, we rated Hargreaves Lansdowne 3/5 because the design is dull and creating regular payments requires offline elements – paper-based or a desktop device to complete. As a result, it didn’t make our list of top 5 stock trading apps for UK traders.

UK FTSE 100 chart in Hargreaves Lansdowne app

Hargreaves Lansdowne App – FTSE 100

Research and Stock Screeners

They had to score at least 4/5 for stock screeners and research tools based on our hands-on tests, helping investors discover opportunities in the stock market.


We tried 50 apps, evaluating the availability and quality of stock screeners, economic calendars, integrated news streams, social feeds, analyst insights, and third-party stock picks.

For example, we rated IG 4.7/5 because it excels with its ‘News’ tab providing releases from Reuters, alongside the Signal Centre, plus insights through TipRanks and Autochartist.

In contrast, we scored Revolut just 2/5 because while the ‘Discover’ tab had collections which broke stocks out into industries, plus a ‘Top Movers’ list, we found no news, economic calendar, or any insight services in the app. As a result, it didn’t make our top 5 UK stock trading apps.

Stock trading tools in IG UK app

IG App – Research Tools

Average App Store Rating

They had to score an average of at least 4/5 across both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, instilling confidence that both iOS and Android traders are catered for.


We recorded respective app store ratings for 50 of the largest stock trading apps in the UK, then averaged the two figures.

For example, IBKR Mobile had a rating of 4.3 on the App Store and 4.5 on Google Play, resulting in an average rating of 4.4.

In contrast, eToro had an App Store rating of 3.9 and a Play Store rating of 3.8, resulting in an average of 3.85. As a result, it did not make our top 5 recommended stock trading apps.

Interactive Brokers app on Apple and Android app stores

IBKR App – App Store and Google Play Ratings

Picking a stock trading app is ultimately a personal decision. If you are unsure which application to choose, I recommend testing the mobile platform using a demo account, which will allow you to get a feel for the app and place simulated stock trades before trading with real money.
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Runners up in our latest rankings are IG, Interactive Brokers, Freetrade and Spreadex.

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